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NASA announced discovery of habitable "super-Earth" planet, only 137 light years away from our planet

Thursday, 08/02/2024, 16:02 (GMT+7)

Scientists once again found hope for humans to live on another planet when they discovered a habitable "super-Earth" only 137 million light years away from us.

NASA has just announced the discovery of a promising new planet.

TOI-715 b is located in the habitable zone around a small red star. With the size of a super-Earth and only 137 light-years away, it is attracting the attention of the astronomy community.

The 'super-Earth' is called TOI-715 b and is in the habitable zone

According to astronomers, this extrasolar planet is called TOI-715 b and is located in the "habitable zone" around a small red star.

Its size is 1.5 times larger than Earth. Interestingly, this system could host another Earth-sized planet. If this information was confirmed, it would become a "habitable zone" planet.

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NASA discovered a new habitable planet called TOI-715 b. Image Credit: Vesuvius Challenge

With the distance between the super-Earth and its parent star, the planet could be in the habitable zone, where conditions are ideal for liquid water to exist on the surface, an important element for life.

However, the compatibility of many other factors is required for life to exist.

A year on this planet is only about 19 days on Earth

Astronomers say the planet's habitable zone puts them and the smaller Earth-sized planet in a "favorable position" relative to its parent star.

This super-Earth planet orbits a red dwarf star that is smaller and cooler than our Sun.

As a result, a "year" on this planet lasts only about 19 Earth days.

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19 days on Earth will be equivalent to 1 year on this planet. Image Credit: Getty

This significant difference creates a world with distinct times and environments, creating exciting things for research and discovery.

TOI-715's tight orbit facilitates observations of other planets

According to NASA, the planet's tight orbit offers significant benefits in detecting and observing planets.

Because of this orbit, planets can be easily detected and observed more frequently.

This opens up opportunities to better research and understand planets outside the solar system, while also discovering more interesting phenomena in the universe.

TESS has discovered many planets in the habitable zone such as TOI-715 b since its launch in 2018.

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TOI-715 b is 1.5 times larger than Earth and potentially habitable. Image Credit: Getty

The discovery marks an important milestone and opens up new possibilities for the field of astronomy

These planets can be studied more closely with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which is designed to detect extrasolar planets and can also explore the composition of their atmospheres, providing suggests the existence of life.

In January, research and discoveries about this super-Earth were published in the journal "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society".

The research team was led by Georgina Dransfield of the University of Birmingham, UK.

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This discovery is groundbreaking, opening up many new opportunities in finding habitable planets in the universe. Image Credit: Getty

This announcement marks an important step forward in sharing information and understanding more about this planet while contributing to the advancement of the field of astronomy.

This discovery also marks an important step forward in astronomers' quest to better understand the atmospheric conditions needed to sustain life and explore the characteristics of extrasolar planets.